Book Review: Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen


Ruby knows that the game is up. For the past few months, she's been on her own in the yellow house, managing somehow, knowing that her mother will probably never return.

That's how she comes to live with Cora, the sister she hasn't seen in ten years, and Cora's husband Jamie, whose down-to-earth demeanor makes it hard for Ruby to believe he founded the most popular networking Web site around. A luxurious house, fancy private school, a new wardrobe, the promise of college and a future; it's a dream come true. So why is Ruby such a reluctant Cinderella, wary and defensive? And why is Nate, the genial boy next door with some secrets of his own, unable to accept the help that Ruby is just learning to give?

Best-selling author Sarah Dessen explores the heart of a gutsy, complex girl dealing with unforeseen circumstances and learning to trust again.

Release Date: April 22, 2008
Age Group: Young Adult
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Source: Library

I've read only one Sarah Dessen book, but liked it enough to seek more of her work out.  I'm glad that I didn't read Lock and Key first, because it would have turned me off to Dessen.  This one just wasn't for me.  I didn't like Ruby, I thought she made terribly immature decisions.  I really didn't like her personality at all.  I did like Jamie and Cora, and thought they were so sweet together.  I didn't like the open ending, which felt more like an ending suited to a series novel.  And, most troubling, I found Lock and Key to be slow.  So slow.  The story just took forever to go anywhere!  I really don't have much more to say, other than it's not a bad book, it just didn't click for me.  

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